Between the anxiety of Christmas shopping and bills, family visits and the possibility of weight gain, it can be incredibly difficult to squeeze in any hanky panky during the holidays. However, it’s important to get your sexy on to help relieve some of that built-up tension during one of the most wonderful (read: stressful) times of the year! Plus, remembering to keep things physical between you and your partner leads to an overall healthy relationship. Read on to discover how to bring sexy back during the holidays.

Commit to one date a week. Even among the stress-ridden holiday season, one date night a week might do you wonders! Even if it means finding a babysitter, or better yet, dropping the kids off at Grandma’s, you should plan one night a week in which you get some alone time with your partner.

Partake in Mistletoe Madness, or Strip Dreidel! Anyone can offer up a peck on the cheek underneath the mistletoe, but Mistletoe Madness involves stripping down with your partner and waving the mistletoe over any part of your body that needs kissing. We’re sure some frisky activity will ensue.

Share a creative holiday activity with your partner. Whether it be decorating the Christmas tree, baking holiday cookies or cooking a holiday meal together, sparks will fly when you see the fruits of your labor, and the teamwork might just lead to some sexy time!

Engage in a carefree or childlike activity with your partner. Activities like sledding or building a snowman might remind both you and your partner of more carefree times, which in turn could diminish some of that aforementioned holiday stress. You most likely will barely be able to wait until you’re inside the house to get busy!

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Enjoy aphrodisiacs that double as holiday treats. Two things that foods like chocolate, honey, pine nuts, figs, strawberries, cherries and whipped cream all have in common are that they’re all commonly used in holiday dishes and are also aphrodisiacs! You could even use one of them in the creative holiday activity from above if you want to kill two birds with one stone. The possibilities are endless.

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Get active together. There’s nothing like a jog through the beautiful snowy scenery to spark some romance between you and your partner! The endorphins will have you both in holly jolly moods, and a warm shower together after being out in the cold will fuel the fire even more!

Sip some holiday cheer. Alcoholic beverages have been used to stimulate libidos since ancient times. Sip on a couple of our favorite skinny holiday cocktails one evening and watch an average night unfold into an extraordinary one!

Be an early bird or a night owl. Your days are jam-packed with holiday activities from dawn till dusk, so why not wake up a little earlier or stay up a little later? Avoiding the craziness of the holidays is unavoidable, but making a separate time for hanky panky is easily achievable. Happy holiday sex will combat the stresses of the season; plus, mama’s got needs.

Do little things for your partner. As always, doing little things for your partner like compliments, surprise notes and thoughtful gifts or gestures will always keep the spark alive between the two of you, and they will go a long way in a healthy sex life!

How do you keep your sex life alive during the holidays? Share your tips with us in the comments below!